Storming the Temple

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"The army went into Darbar Sahib not to eliminate a political figure or political movement but to suppress the culture of a people, to attack their hearts, and to strike a blow at their spirit and self-confidence."
- Joyce Pettigrew

A documentary aired on the Canadian History Channel about the events that took place in 1984, in Punjab. This was when Indian government killed thousands of innocent people to destroy the Sikh spirit, and sacrilegiously stormed the most famous shrine of the Sikhs, without obeying any rules of respect or regard. Sikhism is a religion distinct from both Hinduism and Islam. Sikhs believe in One God.

The government intentionally planned the attack on the Shaheedi Divas of Guru Arjan Dev Ji, a religious holiday of the Sikhs, when pilgrims would be packed in the temple. 40 other Gurdwaras (Sikh temples) were also attacked on that day.

Baba Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was situated in the Darbar Sahib Complex because he was conducting a 'Dharam Yudh Morcha' a procession for more rights for Sikhs and autonomy for Punjab and other states in India. Historically all 'Morchas' are done from a Darbar Sahib, and carrying weapons is part of the Sikh religion for defense. Indira Gandhi resented Sikh leaders for their opposition to her dictorial rule on the nation. She then declared dictorial rule on the state of Punjab by imposing government rule and media censorship. The carnage following the justice given to Indira Gandhi was a state-sponsored genocide, which was instigated by politicians. No justice has been given to those 1984 victims.

History of Darbar Sahib Attacks: Ahmed Shah Abdali, Massa Ranghar, General Dyer, (Governor O'Dwer), and Indira Gandhi have all been oppressors who have attacked the holy city of Amritsar. These have all been an attack on the spirit of the people. Oppressors have never been spared when attacking this holy city, and they have always been fought against. History repeated itself when Indira Gandhi was given justice by her own bodyguards, the same way Massa Ranghar was given justice by Bhai Mehtab Singh.

"I have never initiated any attack with my tongue, or my pen, or with my sword. I only answer back or retaliate." Baba Jarnail Singh ji Bhindranwale.


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  • Frank Edelstein 4 years ago

    The one word for this is tragedy. Hamid Gul Pakistan's former head of its intelligence service the ISI said, the late Zia Ul Haq when seeking authority to increase his military budget said " I can wage war with India without having to move a single Pakistani soldier. What he meant was using the Sikhs and funding them which he did so successfully.

    The Sikhs fell into that trap which resulted in this tragedy. The first people to invade the Golden Temple was Brindranwale Jarnail Singh.

    The narrator in this documentary says India was divided from Pakistan. What arrogance of ignorance.

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  • Daljeet Singh Sidhu 5 years ago

    This is an excellent documentary. Thanks for posting it. The sorrow it invokes is still as raw as it was twenty seven years ago.